For the third time in history UFC Fight Night will head to Austin, Texas with UFC Fight Night 126. The last UFC Fight Night visit to Austin was all the way back in November of 2014. Anticipation has been building for weeks as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will face Yancy Medeiros as the best online sportsbook headliner. A total of six bouts are slated for the Main Card marquee. The Cerrone vs. Medeiros bout is one of two Main Card welterweight matchups.
Five outer bouts are features on the Main Card. Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura is a heavyweight showdown. James Vick will take on Francisco Trinaldo in lightweight action. The other welterweight matchup features Thiago Alves vs. Curtis Millender. A second lightweight bout features Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti. In women’s strawweight action is Jessica Aguilar vs. Livia Renata Souza.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone opened as a -140 best online sportsbook favorite against Yancy Medeiros. The Cowboy is 34 years of age and fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cerrone competes in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. In 43 career mixed martial arts bouts he has 32 wins, 10 losses and one no contest. Out of his 32 wins the Cowboy has eight by knockout. He also has 16 wins by submission and eight by decision. A total of four of Cerrone’s ten losses were by knockout. He has one loss by submission and five by decision. In his last three bouts the Cowboy has been plagued by a slump with losses in all of them. On October 21, 2017 Cerrone lost a first round TKO by punches to Darren Till. Robbie Lawler scored a unanimous decision win over Cerrone on July 29, 2017. Jorge Masvidal handed the Cowboy a second round TKO loss by punches on January 28, 2017. It has been a diverse career for Cerrone. The resume includes professional boxing and kickboxing stints. In his UFC career Cerrone had one shot at a championship. In a 2015 lightweight title bout the Cowboy lost in a TKO to Rafael dos Anjos.
Yancy Medeiros is 30 years of age and fights out of Wai’anae, Hawaii. In 20 career MMA bouts he has 15 wins, four losses, and one no contest. Out of his 15 wins Medeiros has eight knockouts, four submissions, and three decisions. A total of two out of Medeiros’ four losses have been by knockout. One loss was by submission and one was by decision. Medeiros began his MMA career in Strikeforce. He has been in UFC since April of 2013. In his last five bouts he has posted four sportsbook wins. A TKO win in his last bout against Alex Oliveira on December 2, 2017 was Medeiros’ third straight payout. The win earned him Fight of the Night honors.
UFC Fight Night 126
Date and Time: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern
Location: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
UFC Odds: Donald Cerrone -140/Yancy Medeiros +110
UFC TV Coverage: FOX
Matchup to Watch
This is a best online sportsbook matchup of momentum. Medeiros has the momentum and the Cowboy does not. Medeiros makes for a live dog with bite.
Yancy Medeiros should extend the slump of the Cowboy. He is the better value.
UFC Fight Night 126 Betting Pick: Yancy Medeiros +110
UFC Fight Night 126 Betting Prediction: Medeiros in a decision over Cerrone.